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Bids are due by 1 December for the exploration and production rights to nine new blocks being tendered by Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), in its second bid round of the year. The acreage on offer includes two large onshore blocks – the 9,958-square-kilometre West el-Maghara concession and the 7,094-square-kilometre Rommana concession – which are located in northern Sinai, on the Mediterranean coast. The remaining seven blocks – El-Bougaz, North el-Bougaz, North el-Amyria, North el-Temsah deep, North Sinai deep, North Ras el-Hekma and North Sidi Krier deep – are all located in the Mediterranean.